The Kaduna State Government on Wednesday said that dozens of bandits had been neutralised and their camps destroyed by airstrikes in parts of the state.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna.
Aruwan said: “Another successful outing has been reported by security forces, as an unspecified number of bandits were neutralized during an aerial assault on identified bandit enclaves around the boundary area with a neighbouring state in Chikun Local Government area.
“According to the operational feedback from the military, the strikes were conducted over-identified locations in Kauwuri and Gaude villages.”
According to him, the locations were identified as bandit hideouts after thorough checks and analysis of various intelligence reports.
Aruwan added: “In the first mission, fighter jets attacked the bandit camps in Kauwuri general area, and armed bandits were observed fleeing from the locations.
“A helicopter gunship then followed for a close mop-up with rockets and cannons.”
The Commissioner explained that in a second wave over Gaude, the air platforms attacked the identified bandit hideouts in the area.
He said: “Bandits were similarly observed attempting to take cover under some trees. The location was then attacked accordingly.”
He said ground forces trailed and engaged the dozens of bandits who fled the location following the airstrikes.
Aruwan added: “Assessment revealed that many bandits were neutralized during the entire mission, and several camps destroyed.
“Governor Nasiru El-Rufai welcomed the operational feedback with satisfaction and commended the security forces heartily for the well-executed missions.
“The governor who expressed optimism that more of such would follow urged the forces to sustain the tempo towards obliterating the criminal elements across the state.
“The government is appealing to citizens who might come across suspicious persons seeking medical attention in the general area to report to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room on 09034000060 and 08170189999.”